Scams involving door-to-door sales tend to peak in the summer. Lauren Bean, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general’s office, says a big trend this year is individuals claiming to sell security systems or upgrades.
“They may not actually work for a reputable security system, so they may actually just be trying to steal your money.”
Leah Napoliello is senior director of investigative services at the Houston Better Business Bureau.
“We tend to see senior citizens being targeted quite a bit with these types of scams. Many of them can be very easily pressured into signing a contract right on the spot.”
Door-to-door sellers of alarm systems must be registered with the Texas Department of Public Safety. They’re required to carry DPS issued identification and present it on request.
The attorney general’s office has issued guidelines on how consumers can protect themselves from door-to-door security scams. The guidelines are available here.